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Your Bag for an Emergency Evacuation or a Weekend Getaway

Updated on February 11, 2018

Which bag has you covered for emergencies?

My Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California
My Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California | Source

I bought my Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California years ago when I was in the US Army. It was the first thing I bought after Basic Combat Training. The first time I used it, I was sure it would outlast and outperform any rucksack the military would issue me.

Back then, I didn't know it was a bug out bag. I didn't even know what a bug out bag was. Simply put a bug out bag is a bag filled with things a person would need during an emergency situation such as a natural disaster. Unlike a survival bag, it's main purpose is to keep the few things a person needs to stay alive for the few days until he/she finds help.

The Bugout Bag by Sandpiper of California is perfect for the job. It is light, durable and spacious. But I use mine for travel. This bag has followed me all over America during my time in the service and every day since then as an expat in Japan.

I still reach for it every time I travel, whether for a few days in Tokyo or for a few weeks when visiting relatives back home. It's size and durability make it perfect for any trip.

You might have plenty of luggage already. You might have your favorite piece that you always use. Then you're fine. But do you have a bug out bag? Do you know what to grab when disaster strikes? I'm ashamed to say that I'm not as prepared I'd like to be. Living in Japan shows how important this is.

Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack - Black
Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack - Black

If you need one, you can get it here. You'll pay less than I did at the PX (post exchange)


Packing like a pro - I am impressed but...

I chose this video to show how much a traveler can pack for a trip using a bag of similar size. Also, I like the music. I am impressed but there are a couple things this pro left out.

He didn't pack his shaving kit/toiletry bag. He'll have to put it in another bag. Also, he packed only one set of shoes and one set of sandals. That's fine for him but others might want more shoes to wear.

I don't pack nearly as much in my bag. I always leave plenty of space for souvenirs my friends and family will like.

Has it ever let you down?

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  • Zodiacimmortal profile image

    Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

    A survival show (sorry I was channel surfing) said besides extra clothes

    Maxi pads are good for injuries

    Dental floss is good for stitching wounds

    and condoms for carrying water (blah) or keeping items waterproof

    (i forget how much water they said the condom holds, but it was at least 2 liters if not more)

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    Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

    This is a very important lens. In view of the more and more frequent natural disasters we see around us, everyone should have a well-equipped "to go" bag ready for whatever may lie around the next corner. Thank you so much! :)

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    DebMartin 5 years ago

    Never heard the term "Bug Out Bag." Even so, I have 2, one for camp and one for travel. Although at camp, "Bug Out" takes on a whole new meaning as the bag always as mosquito and blackfly repellant in at least one pocket.

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    Tobint44 LM 5 years ago

    Awesome lens, definitely important.

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    MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

    Awesome packing tips for my dearest wife. Time to have a beer now ;-)

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    WriterJanis2 5 years ago

    What a great idea.

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    Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

    Hi you have some great info and tips here, thanks for sharing.

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    sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

    should a bug out bag contain food and water?

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    Madonaa 5 years ago

    really a nice nice piece of work

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    EEWorkouts 5 years ago

    Great lens! I have a bag but need to get thing in order again.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Stopping back to congratulate you on front page honors! My brother in law had that saying on the mug on his desk, "Poor planning on your part does not constitue an emergency on my part".

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Sure do!

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    MintySea 5 years ago

    neat tips

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    neotony 5 years ago

    i like the advice on the mug!

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    elyria 5 years ago

    Great lens and I love RoadMonkey's advise :))

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    MilitaryGuy 5 years ago

    I've noticed the longer I stay in the army, the more bags I purchase and try out. I used to use that same bag as my main travel bag! Big fan. I've since upgraded to a Condor bag that's a little larger because I tend to pack extra stuff just in case for a lot of trips.

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    MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

    My go-to bag is a bit larger than yours but it works! Nice lens :>)

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    JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

    I travel so much, I have my packing list memorized. Great lens!

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    RoadMonkey 5 years ago

    I certainly pack light for travelling. Rule number 1 is "never pack more than you can carry". Rule number 2 is, "If you want to pack more, refer to rule number 1"! I learned that lesson many, many years ago, when travelling between university and parents' home, via train and ferry. There was no one else to carry it and I suffered a few times with an overloaded bag before i learned some sense. You do NOT need a month's clothes for a week's holiday.

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    Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

    I have not yet mastered the art of packing lightly, but I'm working on it.

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    SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

    I'm going to need something like this for the long trip we have planned. Very useful, thank you.

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    Margot_C 5 years ago

    Re: the video... I would have never guessed in a million years that all that stuff would fit in the bag! But I now have some great tricks for packing and it looks like it will keep things less wrinkled than the way I pack. Great lens!

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    davecurrtis 5 years ago

    Great lense! Neat ideas on how to pack things up especially the vid.

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    sunlightseer 5 years ago

    Nice lens! I too wrote about my Bug Out Bag, but it's A LOT bigger and geared for close to a month survival in So. Cal. for when that earthquake or fire or flood or social unrest emergency happens. The video showed me an interesting way to pack that is new to me. Think I'll try it next trip. Thanks

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    karelito 5 years ago

    Great ideas, although I usually just pack some clothes and hope everything turns out fine :D

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    thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

    Nice lens,

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    Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

    Sort of have an emergency bag but need a different one. I'm a pack rat, plus I end up taking 'just in case, better safe than sorry stuff as well.)

    I also write so pens, pencils & a book or 2 (would need to include 2-3 binders in an emergency pack! that has my story, & poems (includfing the flash & hard drives!) If in case of disaster! type emergency

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    Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

    The more prepared people there are out there the better!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I sure do have a go bag, never know when I'll need it. :)

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    Spanishpropertyforsale 5 years ago

    cool site guys, I have liked your page and posted it on my facebook page

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    Sounds fantastic to me - I try to pack only the essentials, plus a few emergency items.